Turkey should appoint a special envoy to lobby for the international recognition of the TRNC, deputy chairman of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Öztürk Yılmaz has said.
Yılmaz told journalists that he had suggested the appointment of a “special envoy” to work “exclusively” towards this end.
He reminded that general elections would be held in North Cyprus on January 7, followed by elections in the Greek Cypriot administration in the south, three weeks later.
“If the [unification] negotiations are not yielding a result, then the international recognition of the TRNC [The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus] must be put on the [government] agenda,” he said, referring to the on-off peace process in Cyprus in recent years.
Turkey has blamed Greek Cypriot intransigence for the collapse of the last Conference on Cyprus in Switzerland in July, which was attended by the three guarantor countries Turkey, Greece, and Britain. Ankara has also faulted the European Union for admitting Cyprus as a divided island into the union in 2004, after the Greek Cypriot administration rejected a peace deal.
Yılmaz said the government must take decisive steps to bring the recognition issue to the attention of the international community, and “get results.”
Cyprus has been divided since the military intervention by Turkey in 1974 in response to a Greece-inspired Greek Cypriot military coup.
Turkey alone recognises the TRNC as an independent state.